“Truly, my desire was not to know the world. I just wanted to know my place in it.” (p 166)
Tyler Anderson’s search for God’s will is as plain and straightforward as his Amish faith. When he begins to feel restless, he approaches the leadership of his church about the unease in his heart. He is advised to fast and pray and listen for God’s answer. The answer comes in the form of a phone call from his Dad – the one who left him on his grandparent’s Amish farm eighteen years earlier.
Tyler isn’t seeking to leave the Amish community that he loves – the people most dear to him. Rather, he is seeking God’s will for his life. He is given time to explore his father’s Englisch world in a very up close and personal way. He is given the chance to know his half-brother, Brady, and he learns the intimate details surrounding his mother’s death and his dad’s decision to allow him to grow up Amish.
Tyler’s look outside the Amish community is done in the biblical context of seeking God’s will, and to me, that makes it a relevant and powerful novel in many aspects. I love the openness and honesty of the characters in the story, and I especially loved Lark’s character. This is a very multi-layered story and is told tenderly and with a prayerful and contemplative feel to it. I was drawn in completely and came to care deeply for all of the characters. Tyler Anderson is an honorable man throughout his search, and I believe readers will be left well satisfied with the conclusion of the story!
It is with pleasure I recommend The Amish Groom! This is the first in the Men of Lancaster County series.